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    Pelosi accuses CIA of misleading her on use of waterboarding

    (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused CIA officials Thursday of misleading her in 2002 about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning and has been described by critics as torture.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

    Pelosi reiterated an earlier claim that she was briefed on such techniques only once -- in September 2002 -- and that she was told at the time that the techniques were not being used.

    A recently released Justice Department memo says that the CIA used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 in the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al Qaeda leader imprisoned at U.S. facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Pelosi said that one month later, she was told only that the Justice Department had concluded that such techniques were legal, not that they were being used.

    "That's the only mention, that they were not using it. And we now know that earlier, they were," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. Video Watch Pelosi explain what she was told »

    Pelosi said the briefing she received from the CIA was incomplete and inaccurate, and she called on the CIA to release a full transcript of the briefing.

    She said that in February 2003, a member of her staff told her that the Republican chairman and the new Democratic ranking member of the Intelligence Committee had been briefed on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
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    Pelosi said that after that briefing, the Democratic ranking member of the committee responded by sending a letter of protest, but "no letter could change [the Bush administration's] policy."

    Last month, however, Pelosi told reporters that she was not told waterboarding or any other enhanced interrogation methods were being used. That was before reports came out claiming she was told by her aide about waterboarding in February.

    Asked why she didn't mention that before, Pelosi said, "I told you what our briefing was."

    "When my assistant told me that the committee had been briefed -- now, I'm not on that committee any more. I'm now out of it. We have a new -- that ranking member wrote the appropriate letter to protest that," she said.

    "But the committees can look into and see the timing of who knew what and when and what the nature of the briefing was. I have not been briefed as to what they were briefed on in February. I was just briefed that they were informed that some of the enhanced situations were used," she said.

    After Pelosi's news conference, a CIA spokesman said the agency's records, and a chart showing which members of Congress were briefed and when, indicate that Pelosi was briefed on the interrogation methods being used.

    "The language in the chart -- 'a description of the particular EITs [enhanced interrogation techniques] that had been employed' -- is true to the language in the Agency's records," spokesman George Little said in a statement.

    "As Director Panetta pointed out in his recent letter to the Congress, 'This information, however, is drawn from the past files of the CIA and represents MFRs [memoranda for the record] completed at the time and notes that summarized the best recollections of those individuals. In the end, you and the Committee will have to determine whether this information is an accurate summary of what actually happened,' " Little said.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner said Pelosi's comments "continue to raise more questions than provide answers."

    "I've dealt with our intelligence professionals for the last 3˝ years on an almost daily basis. And it's hard for me to imagine that anyone in our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress," he said.

    Asked about Pelosi's allegations that Republican policy was leading the country astray, Boehner said, "I think the problem is that the speaker has had way too many stories on this issue."

    "When you look at the number of briefings that the speaker was in and other Democrat members of the House and Senate, it's -- it's pretty clear that they were well aware of what these enhanced interrogation techniques were, they were well aware that they had been used, and -- and it seems to me that they want to have it both ways. You can't have it both ways," he said.

    Pelosi said Thursday that Republicans are jumping on the briefings because they want to cause a distraction.

    She reiterated her call for the establishment of an independent "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

    She also suggested that the National Security Act of 1947 needs to be revised so that more members of Congress can be briefed on sensitive intelligence matters.

    In 2007, Congress passed legislation banning torture and requiring interrogators to abide by the regulations of the Army Field Manual. Former President Bush vetoed the measure, but President Obama enacted similar restrictions shortly after taking office.
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    "Throughout my career, I am proud to have worked on human rights and against torture," Pelosi said.

    "I unequivocally oppose the use of torture."

    Pelosi accuses CIA of misleading her on use of waterboarding - CNN.com
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    The term enhanced interrogation technique is annoying no ass. If you pouring water over my face to simulate drowning, then it's FACKIN TORTURE!
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    OMG nancy, I love her.


    but to the topic... I'm surprise bush was able to make CIA officials lie to the speaker of the house.

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    ppl you hire deceiving you

    ppl giving you reports with information you have to take at face value unless you form your own taskforce that could end up lying to you also.

    then ppl will say she should have asked questions and dug deeper she didn't see b/c she didn't want to see.

    spit in the air and see who it fall on dais d person to blame right dey.
    this is an issue ppl will jus forever point fingers about.

    sigh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    ppl you hire deceiving you

    ppl giving you reports with information you have to take at face value unless you form your own taskforce that could end up lying to you also.

    then ppl will say she should have asked questions and dug deeper she didn't see b/c she didn't want to see.

    spit in the air and see who it fall on dais d person to play right dey.
    this is an issue ppl will jus forever point fingers about.

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    WTF ? If you have nothing to say plz shut tha fuk up. TONK YOU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Murderer View Post
    WTF ? If you have nothing to say plz shut tha fuk up. TONK YOU
    Standley leave me the fuk alone thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    Standley leave me the fuk alone thanks
    My name is not standley, and I can't leave you alone. Why should I allow you to post crap all over the forum ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Murderer View Post
    My name is not standley, and I can't leave you alone. Why should I allow you to post crap all over the forum ?
    Ok imma ignore you so the thread can carry on.

    I await other interesting replies.
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    Cool

    So at first she was adamant about not knowing about the water boarding torture, den ah aid come out an buss she files dis week and say she did know, now she claiming she was mislead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soca Taliban View Post
    So at first she was adamant about not knowing about the water boarding torture, den ah aid come out an buss she files dis week and say she did know, now she claiming she was mislead.
    I feel she did know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj View Post
    Ok imma ignore you so the thread can carry on.

    I await other interesting replies.
    Why don't you post something interesting instead of posting about spit into sky ?

    dumb dumb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soca Taliban View Post
    So at first she was adamant about not knowing about the water boarding torture, den ah aid come out an buss she files dis week and say she did know, now she claiming she was mislead.
    trinis


    I didn't know being misled and not knowing are contradicting statements.

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    She lie.
    And it just like all Democrats to blame everyone else.

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    Bush shoulda say the same thing bout the WMD

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    A senator said he was also lied to by the C.I.A

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